Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Pennsylvania
By E.G. Fitzgerald, M.V. Lee Badgett
According to 2010 U.S. Census, 22,336 same-sex couples live in Pennsylvania. Of those couples, between 7,490 – 11,168 same-sex couples would choose to marry in the three years following an opening of marriage to same-sex couples in the state.
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania would generate between $65 million to $92.1 million to the state and local economy of Pennsylvania over the course of three years, with a $42 million to $58.9 million boost in the first year alone. This economic boost would add $4.2 million to $5.8 million in sales tax revenue to state and local coffers. Spending related to same-sex couples’ wedding ceremonies and celebrations would also generate 812 to 1,142 full- and part-time jobs in the state.